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washington by seth jones by the rand corp. who has written extensively on the conflict. advise the general of special operations forces and afghanistan. thank you for joining me. in the last few minutes we have news from a senior government official telling the afp agency that controls and security in four promises -- provinces and three cities will be handed to afghan forces from july. you just returned from afghanistan. you think these forces are ready to take over? >> i don't think they are ready to take over in all areas. if some of the most dangerous provinces like candy bar and held land -- hellman's -- kandhar and helmand clearly not be able to take on by their own. some are much more benign and face much less of a threat from the taliban and allied forces. one of the issues is which provinces are most appropriate for transition. >> much of the issues is how you do in the ethnic makeup of the forces. i understand there is difficulty recruiting past two -- pashtun in the southern provinces. >> in the afghan national army, the percentage ofpashtun 40%. there has not been a real consen
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